Liverpool are facing a huge dilemma over the summer as they try and pick up the pieces from another misdemeanour from their talented, but temperamental, star striker.
There is no doubt that Luis Suarez is a huge player for the Anfield based club and would be key to any potential title challenge next season. He has been responsible for Liverpool becoming a force once again in English football but he has also caused Liverpool a huge headache with his lack of discipline and worrying habit of biting people. Liverpool need to keep their world class players but at what cost?
Liverpool must act swiftly
It is crucial that Liverpool either publicly condemn their own player or show 100% support for him. Any dithering could show them as weak and will not endear them to the Uruguayan whilst he is back in his home country with his family. Although the incident did not occur in a Liverpool shirt he is still a Liverpool player and they must take some responsibility and action.
Do Liverpool believe he is more of an asset than a hindrance? Or do they view the progress they made last season, with Suarez leading the attack, as too precious to throw away? If they treat him harshly they could risk alienating him.
Certainly the European giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid will be waiting in the wings for a player who could become the best in the world at some point. They will be alerted by any negativity from the Liverpool camp and will be prepared to pay a lot of money to sign him, even though he will be ineligible at the beginning of the season. A transfer fee of around £60m could be far too tempting for Liverpool but if they do sell they need to do so soon to give them enough time to replace him.
Can Liverpool survive without Suarez?
Liverpool also need to look at the impact Suarez has had on the team and individuals such as Daniel Sturridge. If Suarez leaves will Sturridge be as good as he was last season? Their often telepathic relationship on the pitch was a sight to behold at times and would be very
difficult to reproduce with another partner.
Morally should Liverpool make a stance? Football players are idolised by children all over the world and for this incident to happen on the biggest stage of all, in the World Cup, is shocking to say the least. This type of behaviour should not be tolerated for the sake of our impressionable children.
Immediately after the incident Suarez showed no remorse and in fact he seemed to be of the belief that he had done nothing wrong. To all those who saw the incident his comments were met with disbelief, except of course to his supporters and the Uruguayan FA. On his return home he was treated like a hero which again sends out the wrong message.
FIFA have quite rightly imposed a four month ban on Suarez, which could have been a lot worse for him. Only days after the event has Suarez decided to apologise for his actions which makes me wonder whether he has been advised to do this rather than wanting to do it himself. After committing such a horrific act surely the natural action would be to immediately apologise.
Suarez has the world at his feet in footballing terms but Liverpool must surely be questioning whether they need a player who carries so much baggage with him. Should they cut their losses now and try and build a Premier League winning squad without him or should they do their upmost to try and help the Uruguayan with his issues and therefore hold on to their best player.
It's a tough dilemma for Liverpool and their supporters. I feel that opinions are polarised on what should happen next but lets just hope this is the last incident of its type from Suarez.
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